MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported this morning that the Orioles have emerged as contenders to acquire starting pitcher Matt Harvey from the New York Mets. Harvey has shown the ability to be an ace of a starting rotation, he had his best season in 2015, going 13-8 with a 2.71 earned run average and a 1.02 WHIP. Since that season, Harvey has battled health issues. In 2016, Harvey had been battling a shoulder issue which would lead to season-ending surgery, and in 2017 he had surgery to repair a fracture in his scapula which left him out for eight weeks. Matt Harvey and the Mets seemed to be the match made in heaven, but as of late, a divorce seems to be in order.
Orioles are seen as one team that could consider matt harvey. @Ackert_NYDN said MH could be available.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 11, 2017
Harvey has the makeup to be able to lead this rotation, but there is a problem if a deal is in place. He would have to be able to pass one of the most dreaded physicals in the Majors. With Harvey’s recent health issues would the O’s take the chance that he can regain his All-Star caliber form, or does Duquette hope to make his first splash in free agency? The hot stove is really starting to heat up and with the Winter Meetings starting this week, hopefully, we will see the Orioles make a few key moves for this upcoming season.